KUCHING: Eleven individuals, including 10 Indonesians, were nabbed during a raid on an illegal online gambling call centre in Jalan Batu Kawa-Matang here on Monday (Oct 19).
Padawan district police chief Supt Aidil Bolhassan led a team of Padawan Criminal Investigation Division (CID) officers in the raid on a rented apartment around 5.30pm.
A local man, believed to be the organiser of the call centre, and 10 Indonesians－seven men and three women－aged between 21 and 50 were picked up.
“The syndicate is believed to have been operating the call centre for at least six months at the said location.
“During the raid, the team also seized monitors, central processing units (CPUs), keyboards, computer mice and mobile phones.
“The suspects and seized items were taken to the police station for further action,” Supt Aidil said in a statement.
He added that the syndicate made RM8,000 per day and each worker was given a salary of RM1,500 per month.
“The group used the rented apartment unit to hide from authorities. Each operator is supplied with a smartphone by the syndicate.
“Each bet amount will be credited by the customer to several syndicate bank accounts and a bank slip will be sent via text or WhatsApp to the operator’s phone.”
The case will be investigated under Section 4(1)(g) of the Common Gaming House Act 1953, Section 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 and Section 15(1)(c) of the same Act.
Apart from that, Supt Aidil said the organiser of the call centre attempted to bribe the team RM18,500.
The 36-year-old man was was handed over to the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission for further action.